This time however, I'm sure it's a software problem, and have even been able to narrow it down to Firefox as the cause.
so I did some research [aka googled it] and found out that this is a rather common problem with firefox users. Many of us who simply like leaving firefox open all the time have discovered that Firefox will simply eat up all the memory it can get over time.
As expected, when you open a page it will claim the nessacery memory to do what you have asked for it, and opening more tabs will consequently cause a jump in memory usage to display more pages. However upon closing these tabs, it doesn't seem to free up all of the memory it has initially claimed. One can try this out by just watching the memory usage in task manager while browsing. After a few days without closing firefox and some heavy traffic back and forth, I ended up with 3 pages open, and the total claiming 370,000 k just to run one download and read some comics!
So I have to ask, is there any known ways to rectify this problem short of just periodically restarting firefox?
I have also read that it tends to jump in memory usage by without any change in the pages viewed, though I have not seen this myself.
Let me know if my problem is plagueing you too, and if you've found a creative solution. Thanks in advance